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Pent-up trial demand during 2020 plus trial modernization strategies yields bumper performance in 2021 as research priorities revert to pre-pandemic trends.
Syngene’s COO, Mahesh Bhalgat, said the firm is better placed than some peers to serve clients for biologics-based advanced therapies and address the cost element for new modalities like mRNA. He also outlines the research, development and manufacturing services company's capabilities in oligonucleotide-based therapeutics, an area that's seeing growing interest.
Big pharma appears to be resetting operations in India fueling some concerns of waning interest. In Vivo looks at what the realignment means or doesn’t.
Immuno-oncology therapies have revolutionized the treatment of many cancers over the last decade. This period has also witnessed a dramatic growth in China’s domestic pharmaceutical industry, and significant changes in the interaction between this industry and international pharma. This coalescence has led to excitement about the role that Chinese IO could play on the global stage, tempered by regulatory set-backs and revised marketing timelines.
Benoit Opsomer, vice-president and head of bioprocessing, Asia Pacific, Merck Life Science, explains how recent targeted CDMO buyouts put the German group in pole position with services across the mRNA value chain, even as it supports global players such as BioNTech. Striking multi-country expansion of manufacturing footprint, including in China, is also underway amid rising demand for biopharma single-use assemblies.
Verona Pharma’s Phase III ensifentrine, if approved, would be the first new dual-mechanism treatment class for COPD patients in decades. It could propel the UK-based biotech toward profitability, or into the arms of a larger partner.
Indian firms are getting their act together in areas like cell and gene therapy, with Dr Reddy’s aiming big and readying a facility alongside an alliance with a Chinese firm for a CAR-T therapy. The company is also doubling down in contract development and manufacturing, with an eye on opportunities in biologics.
Ripples from the COVID-19 pandemic can be felt across Asia Pacific as investment from foreign firms into the region dropped by 45% from 2019 to 2020, and continued its decline in 2021 to 34%.
In the last 10 years, APAC has become a hotspot for clinical trials: the region contributed almost 50% of new clinical trial activity globally in 2021.
Biomedicine is a priority sector for Taiwan. The government has goals to establish Taiwan as the capital of biomedical research and development in the Asia-Pacific region. The country is striving to develop 20 new medicines, bring 80 high-value medical devices to market, and build biomedicine into a trillion-NT-dollar industry by 2025. Tax incentives and other credits will help expand the scale of the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.
With the fourth quarter just around the corner, China's closely-watched annual drug reimbursement and prices negotiations are entering a key final stage. But will applicants need to be more strategic than expedient?
The eighth annual MedTech Forum from APACMed chose Patient Futures as its 2022 theme. New chairman John Collings described to In Vivo how the local industry is seeking to both protect data and build trust with patients.
Japan’s fast-track approval system for innovative drug candidates has marked its seventh year since launch, during which it has accepted 27 candidates with 13 of these moving to approval. But in recent years the system has faced a decreasing number of admitted candidates, this original infographic analysis shows.
With a declining share of global R&D and investment, Europe risks the pharmaceutical industry being increasingly molded in the image of others.
Sweden is a European leader in the life sciences and now has its sights set on becoming a global force in digital and e-health. A rich academic tradition, strong manufacturing infrastructure and health care as a pillar of its unique Mixed Economy make Sweden an attractive home for pharma, biotech and medtech companies and a target for investors.
With over 300 members involved in all aspects of the life sciences, SwedenBIO's ongoing mission is to make the country’s sector as visible as possible while ensuring each member's interests are being met. The non-profit recently welcomed Frida Lawenius as its Director General and, in a Q&A, she told In Vivo that one of the most pressing challenges facing the sector is recruiting the talent needed to keep up with its growth.
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